WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Park Police on June 2 identified the woman arrested for tying herself to a White House fence as actress Q’orianka Kilcher.
Authorities said the 20-year-old Kilcher chained herself to the fence June 1 and her 41-year-old mother, Saskia, poured a shiny black substance over her, according to charging documents. They said the substance was not toxic or flammable.
U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said the Kilchers told authorities they were protesting against Peru’s government and president, Alan Garcia, for selling land to oil companies. Garcia was meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. Q’orianka Kilcher’s father is a Peruvian Indian.
Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser identified the two, who were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court. Q’orianka Kilcher, who played Pocahontas in the 2005 film, “The New World,” faces an unlawful entry charge. Her mother is charged with destroying property.
Kilcher’s agent Carlyne Grager confirmed the mother-daughter arrests and said the actress is a strong supporter of indigenous populations around the world.
“Q’orianka and Saskia Kilcher have been actively involved politically for quite some time protesting against the oil excavation practices along the Amazon river,” Grager said in an e-mail. “She has traveled the globe trying to educate citizens to the harm she feels is being done to tribal populations.”